God chose to give us birth through the word of truth. That calls for a casting away of our old sinful thoughts and practices, as we saw in our study on Day 27. As we cast away, we also accept or receive something else. That something is the word that God has planted in our hearts.
Assignment: Pray, thanking God for the new life He has given you, and asking for a soft and humble heart that is ready to hear and obey.
Now go back to James 1:21 in Blue Letter Bible, and open the interlinear for the verse. Let’s look what we’re to do when we cast off the filth and wickedness of our old lives.
Click on the phrase, and receive, and read and take notes on the information under “Outline of Biblical Usage.”
- Then skim the verses under “Concordance Results Using KJV.” Think about how the word is used.
- Notice how often this word is used in connection with the word.
- Look at its use in reference to the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6.
- Notice the word’s use in the context of seeds and planting in Jesus’ parable of the sower. We’ll come back to this passage at the end of our lesson.
- Think about what Rahab was doing when she received the spies with peace.
- This isn’t a passive sort of receiving. It’s an active, committed acceptance and receiving.
- Pay special attention, also, to 1 Thessalonians 2:13 and what it says about the word of God. How does this relate to the verse we are looking at in James 1?
- Return to the interlinear and look briefly at the word meekness. We need to receive the word with a meek spirit that gratefully and humbly acknowledges its authority.
- Next look at the phase the engrafted in the interlinear. Under “Dictionary Aids” in the word’s lexicon, click “View Entry” for Vine’s Expository Dictionary. This study tool looks at Greek words and helps us see the subtle differences between similar words. This explanation will expand our understanding of the word.
- Also go to the “Root Word” portion of the lexicon, and click the second Greek word (G5453) in that section. Note what this word means. This is interesting, in light of the conceiving and begetting that has already been mentioned in the chapter. (1.) Desire conceives and brings forth sin, and sin brings forth death (verse 15). (2.) God brings us forth by the word of truth (verse 18). (3.) Now in verse 21, we are told to actively and humbly receive the word that has been implanted in our hearts — a seed that will bring forth fruit.
- Look at the verses under “Concordance Results Using KJV” for this root word. What do we find? We see the word appearing in more verses from the parable of the sower.
Let’s look at that parable in our next lesson.
(You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m planning on going a bit longer than thirty days on our study of James 1. There’s been so much to think about in this chapter! I haven’t wanted to rush. I think we’ll be done and ready for our end-of-the-study giveaway by Monday or Tuesday of next week!)
For your children:
Review memorized verses, and work on a new verse today.
- Then get out drawing paper and markers. Read all of James 1 aloud today, reading a translation the children will be able to understand.
- Ask them to listen for something in the chapter that they can illustrate, and let them draw as you continue to read.
- When you have finished reading and your children have finished their drawings, look at each other’s drawings. Talk about what they picture and what that part of the passage means.